The marquee matchup on a four-game #WNBA slate Sunday is clearly Las Vegas at New York, televised nationally by ABC with a 3 p.m. ET tip from Madison Square Garden. They have the two best records in the league with the Aces entering having won not just eight straight games but all by double digits, approaching the league record.
#ALLINLV is 24-2 and those losses were by 17 at Connecticut on June 8 and by two at Dallas on July 7. The Aces have been off since routing visiting Atlanta 93-72 on Tuesday in Las Vegas to already clinch a playoff spot with 14 regular-season games still to be played on its schedule.
Jackie Young scored 24 points, A'ja Wilson had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Aces over Atlanta. It was Wilson’s 56th career game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in her Hall of Fame career. That is tied with Tamika Catchings for fifth all-time in WNBA history. Tina Charles holds the record with 99.
Wilson leads the team at 20.7 ppg and 9.5 rpg and was named the Western Conference Player of the Month for July. She might be on track to win a third MVP Award, which would tie a league record. Since the Aces lost two-time league MVP Candace Parker last month due to surgery on a fracture foot, Wilson has hugely upped her game.
Las Vegas has joined the 1988 Houston Comets as the second team in WNBA history to start a season 24-2. Houston would finish 27-3 and won the title. The 2000 Comets, who finished 27-5 and also won a title, hold the record of 10 straight wins by double digits. That record may be safe because New York is an excellent team and then Vegas visits a good Dallas club Tuesday.
The Aces have failed to cover in two of those eight games: July 25 they won by 12 at Chicago as 14.5-point favorites, and July 20 they won by 16 in Seattle as 16.5-point favorites. The Storm covered on a garbage-time layup.
Las Vegas leads the league in scoring at 94.4 points per game – the record is 93.9 by the 2010 Phoenix Mercury. The Aces have made at least 50 percent of their field goals in 16 of 26 games and are shooting 50.4% overall, easily best in the league.
Sunday is the second of four regular-season meetings between these teams. On June 29, Las Vegas was a 6.5-point home favorite and beat the Liberty 98-81. All five of the Aces starters scored in double figures, with Wilson putting in 16 and Young and Parker scoring 15 each. Las Vegas was only up seven at the half but scored the first 11 out of the break and never looked back.
That was the lone time this season @nyliberty have been underdogs. Breanna Stewart led with 16 points but was minus-19 in her 28 minutes. Sunday is New York's first home game since July 28 when it was upset by Minnesota. The Liberty are 5-8 ATS at home. Las Vegas is 6-7 ATS away.